- Availability: All year round
- Days of operation: Everyday
- Duration: 6 hours including lunch
Enjoy the delights of a driver as they bring you to all the main highlights of the city and share the best kept secrets of each destination. Spend six hours in the world’s most visited open-air museum: Ancient Rome.
From the Coliseum to the monumental fountains and more, everything is so well organised you will barely believe you can fit it all in. But trust us, you can! And it’s going to be your best day yet!!
Start off at the Arch of Constantine, then move onto the huge amphitheatre that is The Coliseum, where fights between gladiators and beasts took placefor the pleasureof bloodthirsty Roman Emperors.
Upwards of 50,000 spectators would gather beneath the cool awnings to witness the cruel battles unfold. Many kinds of events took place in this grand arena, but we will leave the details to our guide!
Now pass through the Roman Forum – the ancient marketplace where day-to-day life continued unabated for centuries with many a triumphal procession, public speech, gladiatorial march and political campaign run in its surrounds. The rich archaeological history of the site now attracts upwards of 4.5 million sightseers a year.
Then take in the Sacred Way – this was the route taken by victorious generals as they returned from battle in triumph. Listen to the tales of your guide as they recount stories of Julius Caesar, who orchestrated the construction in 46 B.C., while other Emperors continued to develop the space through to AD 608.
One of the most striking features of the forum is this Temple of Castor and Polluce; three 40-foot high Corinthian columns reach into the sky. The Temple of Antonius and Faustina is one of the few structures maintaining much of its original form, while the enormous Basilica of Maxentius preserves its impressive stature. Finally, the Arch of Titus is a fine introduction to the panoramic hill of The Palatine.
According toancient legend, Romulus founded Rome on this hill in 753 B.C. Following his actions, the Emperors built their opulent homes for the rest of civilisation to enjoy. As you traverse the area, you are walking inthe same footsteps of Roman Emperors who lived more than 2,000 years before you, bringing more than two millennia of history to life.
Next proceed to the Spanish Steps, one of the biggest tourist spots in the city. As you stand and admire the Church of Trinitàdei Monti, which sits at the top of a famous stairwell with the Fontana Della Barcaccia at its foot, you will wonder how they were ever able to complete it.
Hidden down the narrow backstreets of the city, Trevi Fountain is a secretive masterpiece, and perhaps the most spectacular fountain in Rome. Built at the end of one of the famed aqueducts that supplied the Roman empire with water, this iconic setting attracts many visitors if only for them to toss a coin into its waters to ensure their safe return to Rome at some stage in the future.
A true masterpiece to admire on your tour of Rome: The Pantheon. Immaculately preserved and seemingly just a few centuries old, it is difficult to believe that the structure was finished in AD 128 by Emperor Hadrian. In the square in front – a gathering place for locals – discover a decorative 16thcentury fountain sitting beneath the Egyptian obelisk.
Finish the perfect day in Rome with a trip to the Piazza Navona, one of the largest squares in the city. The space is incredibly popular among tourists for one primary reason: Bernini’s “Fountain of the Four Rivers.” Built to represent The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube and Rio de la Plata, the structure now sits amidst the artists who arrive to peddle their wares on a daily basis.
Lunch: Between 1pm and 2pm, you will be offered lunch in a selected restaurant, as included in the tour price.
– Pick-up and drop-off from centrally-located hotels in air-conditioned mini-van or car
– Colosseum , Roman Forum and Palatine guided visit
– Guided driven tour of Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Navona Square
– Professional certified guide
– ‘Skip the line tickets’
– Fixed menu lunch with first and main course and water